Winter is coming, and so are spoilers. Turn back now if you haven’t watched the Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones.
Season 6 of Game of Thrones is here and it is NO JOKE. Kings are being stabbed and betrayed, The Night’s Watch is freaking out because a certain important someone was found dead in the snow, people are coming to terms with their ominous prophecies —basically, the night is dark and full of terrors, and so was the episode, “The Red Woman.”
For an episode we all thought would be more about the maybe-maybe-not dead Jon Snow, it actually more about the episode’s titular character. That’s right, Lady Melisandre. The mystical woman we all thought would bring back Jon Snow with the touch of her lips, or hands, or whatever she’s got up her sleeve. Not so much (YET), but we did learn something: Melisandre isn’t the youthful gal she’s having everyone belief. Nope, girl is like, a hundred years old.
By the end of the episode, we see Melisandre staring into a murky mirror. We think, hey, maybe she conjuring a spell to bring back Jon Snow. She could at least be BRAINSTORMING, ya know? Maybe, maybe not. But what we do definitely see is the Red Witch despondently take off her red robe. And then her staple necklace. And then she looks at herself in the mirror again.
AND SHE IS ACTUALLY VERY OLD AND HAS NO HAIR AND OMG. So, really, this very old witch has been seducing men and manipulating them with her bosom and beauty, which like, GO HER. But, how? Why? We have so many questions!
Observant fans of Game of Thrones probably already knew this would happen at some point. The actress who plays her, Carice van Houten, hinted awhile back in an interview that Melisandre is “400 years old,” and readers of the series had a pretty good idea of her true age.
The actress told EW, “I was really happy when I read that we were going to reveal that this year. I don’t think a lot of people will see that coming. It makes her immediately more vulnerable, but also more wise and even more mysterious. There’s also a vulnerability in her age.”
People of the internet who didn’t know this was coming were PRETTY shocked.
Some felt deceived.
Some think maybe this is all one big mistake.
Brownie points for this Twitter user who called out The Red Witch for catfishing everyone.
Some have advice to give.
And others have been inspired to tell their kids what to get them for Mother’s Day.
What does all of this mean for Melisandre? And most importantly…JON SNOW? Perhaps we’ll find out next week.